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City of Westfield

Posted on: October 27, 2020

Keep Leaves out of storm drains

Leaves in Storm Drain

Autumn brings brilliant colors to Westfield’s trees, but fallen leaves can cause challenges for our drain system and streams.

Leaves left on the ground can block and clog storm drains, contributing to street flooding when it rains. Excess leaves can also cause nutrient pollution and oxygen depletion in our streams and rivers when carried there through storm drains and pipes, which harms fish and other wildlife. 

Do your part to help prevent flooding and protect rivers and streams:

  • Do not rake or blow leaves off your property into the street.
  • Do not pile leaves or other yard waste near storm drains.
  • Place your leaves in a paper bag for curbside yard debris collection. Please make sure there are no foreign objects in the bag (yard waste only). Or compost them at home.
  • If you have a mulching lawnmower, use it to recycle leaves and their nutrients into your lawn.
  • If you see leaves or other debris on top of a storm drain grate, carefully remove them and dispose of them properly if safe to do so. However, never attempt to reach inside a storm drain or lift the grate.

If you see a clogged or broken storm drain, please call the Department of Public Works so that we can send out a crew.

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